Bangalore, India’s version of Silicon Valley, has taken a cue from Chinese cities’ recent green revolution by creating its own vertical garden.
A famous landmark served as a canvass for the project initiated by local NGO SayTrees, wherein they installed the city’s first organic garden, Mashable reports.
Using 10 varieties of plant species, the group has planted more than 3,500 saplings on a pillar of Hosur Road, a popular flyover in the city. The installation is maintained by an automated drip irrigation system that ensures the plants receive their daily dose of 100 milliliters of water.
In a Facebook post, the organization wrote that it plans to cover all pillars of the 9-kilometer flyover with the green patches to beautify the area.
Apart from improving the city’s aesthetics, vertical gardens also help in reducing smog and air pollution. Among its many other functions, the group stated in their post that having green walls providing thermal insulation for buildings help in decreasing the demand on power, noting that, “as a result, fewer polluting by-products are released into the air.”
Hopefully, the initiative can help Bangalore live up to its tag as India’s Garden City. The title that has long lost its luster due to the pollution caused by rapid urban development.